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Idaho Film Collection 2021 grant recipients

The Idaho Film Collection at Boise State University is pleased to announce its 2021 grant recipients.

For Archival Research

Niharika Dinkar

Niharika Dinkar, associate professor of art at Boise State, will conduct archival research on the crossover popularity of the Oriental snake dance in Ruth St. Denis’s “Cobra” (1906) and memorialized in early cinema by Loie Fuller’s “Serpentine Dance” (1896). Dinkar will examine archival records held by the New York Public Library.

For Production of Pilot Episode of a Comedy Series

Joey Ohls

Joey Ohls, Boise State Media Arts alum, will produce a pilot episode for a narrative series he’s developed based on the comedic nature of financial instability of young adults. Ohls said, “I am quite excited to have the opportunity and I hope by sharing my story it will inspire others to do the same.”

For Production of a Short Film

Chelsea Smith

Chelsea Smith, independent filmmaker and communications and project coordinator in the Center for the Study of Aging at Boise State, will produce her film, “The Trial.” The short comedy puts the details of a couples’ newly minted relationship “on trial” in a dramatic courtroom setting. The film will star local actors Nick Garcia and Hollis Welsh, as well as the LA-based actors Jack Mikesell and Christina Birdsall. Smith has a background in documentary and commercial film and this will be her directorial debut for a narrative short film.

The Idaho Film Collection supports photographers, filmmakers and scholars in their research and creative activities in film, photography and media studies as these relate to and benefit Idaho and the Northwest.

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